A FORMER Haydock man will trek 100 miles in 10 days to raise funds for research into an incurable disease which has burdened his father.
Andrew Goulding, 37, who grew up in Haydock, is preparing to walk along the Great Wall of China in October for the Alzheimer’s Society.
His dad, Tony, 71, was diagnosed with the illness three years ago and Andrew wants to raise funds to support research on how to find a cure.
He said: “I really want to do something because there is no cure yet and it is the only disease where I have never met anyone who has survived it.
“I want to raise money to fund research and I want to support its befriending service, where a volunteer visits people with Alzheimer’s.
“My dad can’t really leave the house and my mum, Audrey, 70, is a full time carer.
“He goes to a carers centre once a week and with the Alzheimer’s Society’s befriending service, someone comes round for a few hours to keep him company while my mum does the food shopping.
“It is quite a strain.
“The disease does not affect the person who has it, but the people around them.
“My dad’s memory is quite bad and he gets confused, but he knows who we are.”
Andrew, who left Haydock seven years ago to be a presenter of Free Radio, in Birmingham, will join a group of fundraisers for the challenge, organised by The Alzheimer’s Society.
He will begin the trek on October 6, and will complete the challenge on October 15. To sponsor Andrew visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-goulding